Monthly Archives: March 2006

Zippy Semiotics

Sent by Dane Harwood:

Zippy on Semiotics

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Librarians and Engineers on Information, Knowledge

An older Open Source episode on Google Print

Seems to me, a large part of the discussion had to about two distinct and fairly incompatible “worldviews,” or more precisely in this case, two ways to see the realities of information and knowledge. Both are certainly legitimate, accurate, understandable, and logical. But they do clash. Pretty much a culture clash. And both are typical of the United States, in this very case, with frequent mentions of U.S. symbols and themes.

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Recording at 44.1 kHz, 16b with iPod 5G?

[UPDATE: These devices are now available in different places. Haven’t tried any of them myself.]

[UPDATE: Purchased an iRiver H120 jukebox/recorder.]
We’ve known for a while that the Fifth Generation iPod (with Video) could do “CD-quality” audio recording but there hasn’t been a compatible microphone for it. Actually, the Apple Store online still doesn’t seem to list a microphone compatible with the iPod 5G’s dock connector but the instruction on Recording voice memos from Apple do talk about such a microphone:

1. Connect a microphone to your iPod. On the Fifth Generation iPod, connect the microphone to the dock connector. For older iPod models that support recording voice memos, connect the microphone to the Headphones port on your iPod.
2. The Voice Memo screen appears.
3. On the Fifth Generation iPod, you can choose the recording quality by setting Quality to either Mono or Stereo. Select “Mono” quality (22 kHz, mono) to save space, or “Stereo” quality (44.1 kHz, stereo) for a better sound.
4. To begin recording, select Record.
5. Hold the microphone a few inches from your mouth and speak. To pause recording, select Pause.
6. When you finish, select Stop and Save. Your saved recording is listed by date and time.

The page has allegedly been created and changed in January. Been waiting for this…


Creative Play

Geeks think about creating, as shown in this blog post responding to a model of user-generated content.

Been thinking (and blogging) about play behaviour. Simply put, play behaviour is creative in that it’s not passive intake of produced content. It’s engaging, hot (in McLuhan’s sense), empowering… Continue reading


Anthropologist to Geeks

A short piece on Tim O’Reilly’s “Radar” blog about anthropologist Stephen Lansing explaining the benefits of a local irrigation model in Bali. Typical applied anthro stuff. Nice to see geeks are listening now.


Caffè ArtJava: Real Espresso in Montreal

[Also posted on CoffeeGeek…]

Just back from my first time at Caffè ArtJava.

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